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Rising Stars: Andrea Amavisca of the California Immigrant Policy Center

Andrea Amavisca, photo by Scott Duncan, Capitol Weekly

Raised as the child of immigrant parents in Imperial County, a rural agricultural region in Southern California nestled along the Mexico border, Andrea Amavisca always understood the value of immigrant rights. While she continues to work in that space, she is now working more closely on where LGBTQ+ rights and immigrant rights intersect.


Rising Stars: Loyal Terry, Assembly Fellow, office of Assembly Majority Leader Cecilia Aguiar-Curry

Loyal Terry, photo by Scott Duncan, Capitol Weekly

The newest Capitol Weekly Rising Star, Loyal Terry, Assembly Fellow for Majority Leader Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), takes inspiration from the lived experiences of his late father, his aunts and uncles, and himself. Terry approaches policy from a holistic perspective, having experienced how housing, transportation, health, and more intersect to impact working-class people.

Rising Stars

Rising Stars: Emma Manoukian Chung, Bicker, Castillo, Fairbanks & Spitz Public Affairs

Emma Manoukian Chung, photo by Scott Duncan, Capitol Weekly

If anyone is up for a good challenge, it’s Emma Manoukian Chung. At 23 years old, Manoukian Chung had her sights set on a job at Bicker, Castillo, Fairbanks & Spitz Public Affairs (BCFS). Sure enough, they weren’t hiring. Undeterred, she pitched herself to the team, and before long, she was working on some of


Rising Stars: Monika Lee, a star on the move

Monika Lee, photo by Scott Duncan Photography

Monika Lee’s story showcases many of the possible avenues for creating meaningful change in Sacramento. In her five years in the community, Lee has moved up the ranks in three different organizations and worked with a variety of issue areas, letting her passion for equity guide her along the way.


Rising Stars: Maya Polon, Paschal Roth Public Affairs

Maya Polon, photo courtesy of Scott Duncan photography

Maya Polon stays focused on making sure the public realizes how the legislation she champions affects real people. “What I really love getting to do is finding someone with an inspiring story and connecting a reporter to them.”


Rising Stars: Kimberly Sanchez, NextGen Policy

Kimberly Sanchez photo by Scott Duncan

Though Kimberly Yareni Sanchez grew up amid poverty and gang violence, she managed to graduate from college at age 19. Now just 21, she is an education policy analyst at NextGen, a nonprofit advocating for progressive policy.

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